Saturday, October 25, 2008

Our Sweet Ring-Bearer

A good friend of the family named Emily asked Aaron months ago to be the ring-bearer in her wedding. At first he had no idea what that meant, but after his siblings clued him in on the fact that he would get to wear a suit he was all for the idea!
He kept asking all summer "When is me and Emily's wedding?" (we had to gently tell him that it was actually Emily and Billy's wedding).
Aaron wasn't the only one who was excited. Even Tekle said "I can't wait to see you in your suit. You're gonna look AWESOME!" then he looked at me and said "I'm going to put him in a box that says "off-limits". Apparantly he thought Aaron would look to cool to touch.
The day before the wedding Aaron and my mom went to the rehearsal dinner. Before they ate the mother of the bride was listing off what was on the menu:

--Fillet Mingon
--Baked Walleye
--Chicken Kiev

and Aaron interrupted yelling out "I like nachos!"

Well the day finally arrived, and Aaron was the best ring-bearer I've ever seen (Ok, so I'm a little biased). He took his job so seriously and looked precious in his little tux. We were all so proud!

The following shot was taken immediately after the newlyweds kissed--I KNEW the boys would do something funny, so I had my camera ready :)

Tekle and Aaron LOVE Jesse's friend Greg. Ok I probably shouldn't just call him Jesse's friend--Aaron and Tekle could be seriously offended. He's an old friend of the entire family!

Mom and her BFF Ann who reciently moved back here from North Carolina!

Dancing the night away!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sad News

We did not pass court this week. Apparently there was a paper missing (on the orphanage's side of things)so a new court date was set for Nov. 13
Trying not to cry right now...
I hope she still makes it home for Christmas...

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Recently Overheard in the S House

Mom: "Tekle, how many times do I have to tell you, YOU CAN'T MODIFY TOYS!"
As I've said before, Tekle is a kinetic learner. His nickname in Ethiopia was "the little scientist" because of his tendency to touch, feel, and "modify" everything around him. He is a BRILLIANT kid. When he was in preschool his teacher let him bring home the classroom's a broken stapler to play with. Much to her surprise he brought it back to class the next day completely repaired! He also fixed our computer printer when he was four years old.
Despite his above average intelligence in many areas, he still says some hilarious "kid stuff". Like yesterday, he asked my Dad what day it was. My dad replied Friday. Shaking his head in amazement, Tekle asked "How do you always know that?!" He spent the next 10 minutes trying to unravel the mystery of how big people always know what day it is...

So as you can see in the picture above, Aaron is a pretty easy subject to take pictures of. He rarely minds having his picture taken (unlike big brothers Tekle and Jesse), will pose if you ask him to, and overall basks in the attention. He is also the youngest (until Z comes home!), so needless to say Aaron gets his picture taken pretty frequently. Earlier this week he and I were going on a walk, and when we crossed the street he wrapped his arms around my arm and then gently laid his head down. A few seconds later he seemed to get hit with the realization of how cute he probably looked at the moment so he looked up at me and asked in the sweetest little voice "Kelsey, would you like to take a picture of me like this?"

So I did of course.

Silly, silly boy.

Who needs to stop and smell the roses when you can stop and observe the worms?

So I don't have any funny stories to go along with these pics, but Janaya went to her first high-school dance last night! Sadie-Hawkins is typically a girl-asks-the-guy-dance but lots of people just go with friends, so that's what these girls did. It's cowboy/farm themed and Janaya is a 100% city girl so it was funny watching her try come up with something to wear...
They looked pretty cute though!

FOUR days until Z's court date in Ethiopia! That's this Wednesday...prayers would be greatly appreciated!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Ah the Joy of Learning...

I tutor Lacy and Tekle after school three days a week and Aaron has recently decided that he wants in on the action too.
Word of advice: If you hope to make any sort of academic progress with the adored youngest child of the family, make sure you do it when there are no other siblings around!! Lacy and Tekle were both present for Aaron's first "lesson", and to them he could literally do no wrong. First Aaron wrote the letter 'A' and Lacy and Tekle started cheering so enthusiastically you would have thought he had just won a grammy...
Then we moved on to the letter B, and once again Aaron's efforts were met with lots of excitement. The problem was that he did not write the letter B...
K: "Lacy, do you realize that was an F?"
L: "Yeah, but it was a really good F!"
I suppose it's a good thing that they are so encouraging, but it's not going to help Aaron very much in school if he writes his B's as F's (Can you imagine if he tried to write the word 'buck'?!)

I try to learn from my mistakes, so today Aaron and I did his "homework" alone in his room. First we worked on writing his name. I attempted to give him some imagery that would help him remember how each letter is shaped, but he came up with much better examples than mine...
Kelsey: "So r's are really easy, they are just a line with a little tail on top" (don't ask where the tail thing came from--I had a long day!)
Aaron: "No [insert that's the silliest thing I've ever heard tone of voice]. It looks like a sink!"

Kelsey: "O's are the easiest...they're just a circle."
Aaron: Actually it looks like a bouncy ball!"

Kelsey: (finally resigned to the fact that my imagery wasn't going to be sufficient) "So what does the 'n' look like?"
Aaron: "It looks like 'r'!"

Ok then.

The mind of a preschooler is a marvelous thing :)

Speaking of preschoolers...Nine more days until Z's court date!!